grandchild

August 16, 2006 7:54pm CST
my grandchild is 14 months old and she doesnt say many words she only says mum,dad and nan she understands everything you say to her but she wont say the words is there anything that we can do to help her to talk a bit more
4 responses
@Andy77 (432)
• United States
17 Aug 06
Your grandchild is ignoring you because she doesn't want to do what you are saying. You must, even at this age, impose a consequence when she doesn't obey. When you say "No, don't touch!" and she does touch, then say no again and tap her hand firmly (don't hurt her, just surprise her). If that doesn't work, remove the article she wants to touch. As she gets to age 2, use a "timeout chair". She sounds like a strongwilled child. They can be difficult to handle, so start disciplining now, don't wait.
• United States
17 Aug 06
Keep encouraging her to talk. But don't make a big deal if she doesn't. She will do it when she is ready. Every child develops at their own pace. Don't get impatient.
@ssh123 (31104)
• India
17 Aug 06
Some children starts talking late. But to reduce your anxiety, you should take the child to Paediatrician or to a specialist. At home members of your family, close relatives and your friends should talk to her slowly, so that she can pick up threads of talking.
@Andy77 (432)
• United States
17 Aug 06
This sounds pretty normal. She's going through the "listening period." She should say simple sentences of two or three words by age 2. Keep talking to her in correct language. Sing songs, too. She'll be fine. If she doesn't start talking more by age 2, visit your local elementary school (in the U.S.) and explain the problem and request a meeting with the speech therapist.